Mark 6:30-34 - PAGE 1

TIME OUT!, AM 2/12/06



After Jairus’ daughter was healed, Jesus evidently made a second visit to his hometown of Nazareth and was again rejected because of the unbelief of the people there.


He also sent the 12 disciples out in pairs on a preaching tour. And around this time, Jesus was informed that King Herod had executed John the Baptist.


The disciples returned to Jesus after their preaching tour.  It is at this time that we see Jesus taking his men on a “time out” that turned out not to be very long at all.


There are lessons to be learned here. We can sum up the lessons using four words beginning with the letter “C”.




Vs. 30 – This is the only place in the Gospel of Mark that the twelve are called “apostles”.  Usually, they are disciples in Jesus’ presence. They are learners, trainees, students.


Here they are called apostles because the term means “one sent”, a messenger. Indeed, in this context, that’s exactly what they were for a brief time. Later, in the Book of Acts, they were more frequently called Apostles, because of Jesus’ orders for them to go into the world to preach the Gospel.


I see a simple lesson here.  Our first responsibility as born again Christians is to be Christ’s disciples.  A disciple is a learner. Matthew 11:28-30


Note the words, and learn of me.  These are key words. We need to learn from our Master. John 12:266,  


To serve the Lord Jesus we must follow Him.  When we follow the Lord Jesus we will learn from Him. When we learn from Him, we will be like Him. Matthew 10:25a


Our first responsibility as born again Christians is to be disciples. The second responsibility of born again Christians is to be apostles.  We are not the original apostles who had seen the risen Savior. But we are ones sent. We are messengers.  The great commission was not just for the 12 but for each of us who name the name of Christ. Mark 16:15, Romans 10:13-15  


Think of yourself as an apostle.  One sent with the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ and what He’s done for you.   


Vs. 30 – As we said, the Apostles had been sent out in preaching pairs. Now they have returned. And they reported to their Master. They reported what they had done and what they had taught.     


When you have a Master, you are accountable.  You must report in. We will all make a final report to the Lord Jesus. Romans 14:12, 1 Corinthians 4:5


Do you want to have a good final report when you stand before your Master?

Then do what the Apostles did.  They reported when they came into their Master’s presence.


When the disciples reported in they were subjecting their words and their deeds to Jesus’ approval or disapproval. They could have commended and encouraged, but they also could have been rebuked and corrected.  


I have been encouraged to start reporting in each day, either in the morning or the evening.  When I review my day with the Lord, and tell him what I’ve said and what I’ve done, he can correct me and encourage me.  I can confess my sins and ask for His help.


It really doesn’t matter if my words or my deeds please you.  What matters is that they please Him. So I should subject them to His approval!




Vs. 31 – There is a barrage of activity and noise around us.

Every one of us seems to have a very busy schedule whether we are in school, working or retired.  There is a never ending stream of business.

And there is a never ending stream of noise.


Remember that Jesus promises in Matthew 11:28, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.


John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.


Peace and rest are found in the Lord Jesus, so we need to come apart and rest!  I think of three basic times when we need to come apart and rest in the Lord Jesus.   


·       First we need to come apart and rest when we feel overwhelmed.  When we find ourselves so busy that we don’t have time to even eat or drink properly, it’s time to rest physically.  It’s also time to rest spiritually.


·       Second we need to come apart and rest on a weekly basis. 


The Sunday School hour, the Morning Worship Service, the Evening Service on Sunday are all times for you to “come apart and rest awhile”.  Your rest is found in worship, in prayer, in learning as a disciple, in having your Spiritual batteries recharged.  If you will let them, all three of these services will help give you the Spiritual rest that you need.


·       Third, we need to come apart and rest awhile on a daily basis.  We need to hear Jesus’ voice of comfort and correction every day.  I suggest that you set aside at least a half hour and better yet an hour for time of Spiritual rest. Is Jesus worth 1/48th of your day? That’s a half hour.  Is Jesus worth 1/24th of your day? That’s an hour.


What should you do in these times of Spiritual refreshment?  I suggest you read a chapter in the New Testament, and, a chapter in Psalms or Proverbs. After that you may want to branch out to other Old Testament books.


Then I suggest a time of prayer. Worship God and bring your requests before Him.  You could use the Lord’s Prayer as your pattern.




Vss. 32-33 – So they went away privately, but to no

                     avail.  It was like living in a small town.

                     Everybody knows your business!


As they sailed across the lake about four miles, the crowd went around the lake about ten miles and gathered people from the villages they went through.  So, when Jesus arrived on the other side of the lake, there was an enormous crowd.


What about the needed rest?  I think that there might have been a headwind which made progress slow. I believe that’s how the people could get around the lake to meet Him.  Those few hours in the boat, I feel, were therapeutic for the Lord and the disciples.


Vs. 34a – When Jesus saw the great crowd, he was not moved with anger as you might think.  That’s how we’d probably react.  “Why we can’t get even few days of peace!”


Jesus was moved with compassion.

Jesus saw people!

He saw hurting people.

He saw spiritually hungry people.

He saw spiritually dead people.

He saw sick people.

We would have seen the interruption. Jesus saw the need!


He was moved with compassion towards them.

He cared about their physical and spiritual wellbeing.

He saw them as sheep without a shepherd.


Sheep need someone to lead them, to guide them to feed and water them, to protect them. John 10:11, John 10:27-28

Jesus is the good shepherd who has compassion on the sheep.   


As his disciples, we need to open our eyes and see the needs around us.  We need to have compassion as our Lord has compassion.

Any time you see a person acting like a sheep without a shepherd; it is time to have compassion!




Vs. 34b – Action should always follow compassion.


Jesus responded to the need by teaching them many things.

He taught them at length.


What should we do when we start to have compassion on those who are in need?

We should teach them!

And right away, some of you will say, “I can’t do that.”

You can do that if you allow Jesus to empower you!


·       We can teach them by showing that we care about them.

·       We can teach them by living a life of trust ourselves.

·       We can teach them by listening attentively to them.

·       We can teach them by sharing our own hurts and how God has gotten us through them.

·       We can teach them by sharing our own personal testimony.

·       We can teach them by showing them the plan of salvation.

·       We can teach them by sharing what God has to say in his word.


We need to take our time outs daily.

The more we are in the habit of taking time outs, the more equipped we will be to help a hurting world.